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ASDC opposes ST(H) category for Bodos

Correspondent Diphu, Nov 9 | Publish Date: 11/9/2018 12:03:00 PM IST

Autonomous State Demand Committee (ASDC) has opposed the decision of the Centre to bestow Scheduled Tribes (Hills) ST (H) status to Bodos living in Karbi Anglong and Dima Hasao autonomous district of Assam.

In this regard, the ASDC and its frontal organisations – Karbi Students’ Association (KSA) and Karbi Nimso Chingthur Asong (KNCA) – will hold a protest demonstration on November 12 to protest against the said decision.

The organizations in a joint press statement opposed the move stating that the tribes living in the hills are absolutely “distinctive” different from the tribes of other areas.

“The BJP-led government’s repeated attempt to grant ST (H) status to the Bodos is politically motivated. This is a sinister design to gradually exterminate the already marginalized hills tribes like Karbis, Dimasas, Garo, Hmars, Kukis, Khasis, Jiantias, Man and Nagas. Granting ST to Bodos will make the article 330 (1) (b) (c) of the constitution that reserves seats for the ST of the Autonomous Districts will be severely diluted”, the joint statement stated. 


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